13 And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.
14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.
15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.
16 And thou shalt say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.
17 Thus saith the Lord, In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.
18 And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
19 And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.
20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the Lord commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
22 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the Lord had said.
23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.
24 And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.
25 And seven days were fulfilled, after that the Lord had smitten the river.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The scripture in verse 13 of Exodus 7 says Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he refused to let the Israelite people go.
The Lord then sent Moses to the River when Pharaoh went there to bathe to ask again for Pharaoh to release the people, but again Pharaoh refused. Thereupon, following the instructions of the Lord, Moses “smite” the water with his rod, causing the water in the river to turn to blood. The Lord also told Moses to send Aaron out to all the water—all the ponds and rivers and streams in Egypt and use his rod to smite those waters and turn them to blood also.
For seven days the water remained undrinkable and the fish died and smelled . The Egyptians were forced to dig near the river to find water to drink as the river water could not be drank.
But Pharaoh’s sorcerers were also able to duplicate this feat and he remained unmoved as to the Israelites leaving Egypt.
I don’t know what this terrible thing meant to Pharaoh; but besides the Lord creating another occasion to demonstrate his power, the blood in the water seems symbolic to me. If the Israelites were to turn against the Egyptians, surely the water would then also run with blood. It seems to me that although the Lord was showing his own power in this plague, he was also indicating that his chosen people also had power.
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